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Fireworks retailers must meet state standards

The Christmas/New Year’s retail fireworks season began on Dec. 15 and will continue until midnight on Jan 1. Certainly, the holiday season brings much joy and happiness; however, improper use of fireworks can quickly lead to tragedy, reminded State Fire Marshal “Butch” Browning. For this reason, fireworks related laws, rules and regulations have been established […]

Medical debt ruining Americans’ credit

Has your credit ever suffered because of overdue medical bills? You aren’t alone. Medical debt is hurting the creditworthiness of 43 million Americans, and the systems in place to collect and report this debt can be challenging for people, according to a new report released on Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). “It’s […]

Lawmakers wary of genetically modified food labels

The food industry is likely to find a more receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Republicans and Democrats on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee questioned Wednesday whether requiring a label on any packaged food including genetically modified organisms – or foods grown from seeds engineered in […]

La. gets break from ‘No Child Left Behind’

Federal officials have again granted Louisiana a waiver from compliance with the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law. In 2011, the Education Department announced that states could petition for waivers from the law’s ambitious requirements, such as having all students read at grade level by 2014 or else risk their federal funding. In exchange, […]

Flu cases increase throughout the state

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report that shows Louisiana physicians are seeing more flu cases than in other parts of the United States. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) strongly encourages Louisiana residents to receive flu vaccinations as the best protection against the flu, but also to […]

Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter

The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths. Flu season has begun to ramp up, and officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain seen most commonly so far this year. That strain […]

Board moving ahead with preschool licensing revamp

New licensing regulations are on the way for Louisiana’s child care centers and preschool programs, after a majority of state education board members backed the rules Tuesday. The vote was 7-2 from a committee of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, with nearly all board members present. Final passage was expected Wednesday. The […]

Can Common Core achieve success?

U.S. Sen. David Vitter has changed his mind on Common Core, announcing Monday that he now opposes the multistate education standards that only four months ago he said he strongly supported. He said that after listening to literally thousands of parents, teachers, and others since then, he no longer believes that success can be achieved […]

Ferguson lesson: Can police calm some situations?

The grand jury that declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was focused on whether he might have acted in self-defense when he shot and killed unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown. But the case raises another question: Could Wilson have avoided getting into a spot where he had to make that split-second, life-or-death decision? Departments […]

Mobile pet shelter for disasters becoming a reality

Could the state have an evacuation plan in place for our four-legged before the start of next year’s hurricane season? Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., hopes so, as he reported that construction is expected to begin in December for a mobile pet shelter. The shelter is scheduled to be […]

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